Venezuela's baseball team was taking pregame batting practice when players heard that president Hugo Chavez had died.
''He was a baseball man,'' manager Luis Sojo said after a 6-5 loss to the Miami Marlins in a warmup game for the World Baseball Classic. ''At the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and 2009, the first call in the morning was his. And after the game, he used to call me, too. It's a very sad moment for our country. We wish the best to his family, we know they are going through a tough time right now.''
Chavez died Tuesday at age 58 after a nearly two-year fight against cancer.
''It's sad what's happening to our country,'' first baseman Miguel Cabrera said. ''We send our condolences to his family. This is something you don't wish on anybody.
''I don't know how his family is right now. He's no longer with us - it's very sad. I cannot comment a lot on it because I feel a lot of pain, and I'm not there in Venezuela.''
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